Chester J. Westgate, 100 years old, of Richlandtown, formerly of Quakertown, PA and Niagara Falls, New York, died Thursday February 11, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Mildred (Guennel) Westgate with whom he shared 73 years of marriage. Born in Blakely, Pennsylvania on July 27, 1920, he was the son of the late Harry and Ruth (Strong) Westgate. He graduated from Blakely High School in 1937. Chester was employed by Moore Business Forms (now Donnelley) until retiring in 1977. After retiring, Chester worked for Penn Community Bank, volunteered at the America Red Cross Blood Drives for over 14 years, and handcrafted woolen hats for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Disabled Veterans. He was also a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. He also enjoyed woodworking and working on homes especially remodeling rec-rooms and was known as a good neighbor and friend always ready and willing to help. Each Veteran’s Day he also went into schools to give a presentation on his WWII experiences. Chester served in the United States Army as a Technical Sergeant in the 129th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battery D where he served in 9 countries, the Invasion of Normandy and Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded 6 Battle Stars, Victory Medal, and the Liberty Medal from France, European African Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Bronze Star, and Battle of the Bulge Commemorative Medal. Chester received many honors for his service to his country and community. He was honored for his service in WWII by attending the Tour of Honor in Washington, DC. He received the Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence. A file of Chester’s WWII experiences can be found in the WWII archives in Washington, DC. Chester was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Spinnerstown, PA where he served as lay reader, usher, mortgage committee member, greeter and various other roles. Along with his wife, Mildred, he is survived by his children: James and wife Linda, Joyce and husband Pete, and Carol and husband Kenneth. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, with another great-grandchild due in March. He was predeceased by a granddaughter. Services will be held at the convenience of the family with a memorial service for Chester at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church of Spinnerstown, PO Box 120, Spinnerstown, PA 18968
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